Wombat Sports seals another partnership as xIonx has signed on as a sponsor.
Dr. Howard Fidler, DC, the Director of Sports Performance for the company, has worked with some of the best sports athletes including Mike Tyson, pro wrestlers, golfers, and Olympians. His work with MMA fighters, including many female fighters, have gained “Doc Howie” a reputation as a go-to for pain relief and body alignment.
The xIonx bands were tested the man himself, giving them to his patients hoping to debunk it like some of those other performance bands on the market. Athletes proved the bands work; giving them improve energy, fell less fatigued, and helps with muscle soreness and faster recovery. As a user myself, I can attest the band has helped me with balance and the occasional headache.
Wombat Sports is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor MMASomnia.com.
MMA Somnia is dedicated helping female fighters getting what they need to succeed. They sell women’s boxing, MMA, and Muay Thai gear and we felt that they fill a much needed spot in terms of helping the sport succeed.
We encourage our readers to give ourselves and MMA Somnia suggestions on what they would like to see them carry so we can help them grow and give you the tools you need.
We started Wombat Sports back in 2011 with the hope of giving the world more information and exposure of women’s combat sports, be it MMA, boxing, BJJ, kickboxing, or wrestling. Three years later, all sports have gained some ground and created new stars.
These past three years we have seen the creation of Invicta, women in the UFC, and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Women’s Muay Thai gained ground with US promotions, and women’s wrestling has expanded on all levels from the high school level to collegiate to the Olympics.
The participation of girls at younger and younger ages has also become a good sign growth won’t be stifled anytime soon.
Among our accomplishments have been covering events all across the U.S., helping introduce new stars, and connecting fans to their favorite fighters. We are a portal for information, including fight results of all types and how you can check out your favorite fighter on many different platforms. We may not be the first ones to be dedicated to female fighting, but we are seeing more and more sites pop up every day and we are proud to help inspire people to promote the female fighting community.
We are hoping to continue to grow and expand over the coming years. Increasing coverage in boxing and kickboxing, continuing to introduce new up and coming talent, and gaining relationships with promoters interested in giving female fighters opportunities to fight.
We thank you, our readers, for the continued support of the website. We also thank the fighters who have been open with us and giving up some time so we may expand the fans’ minds to their world.
Thanks to our friends and family in the female fighting community who have been the backbone of the site. Your information and insight has been invaluable to keep us as one of the top sites for female fighting news.
No clue what the next year will bring in women’s combat sports, but we are excited to be a part of the journey.
Meanwhile Lion Fights champ Caley Reese will defend her WMC 57 kg title against Dilara Kocak at Epic Fight 11 in Perth, Australia. Kocak is a German and European champion.
The UK’s Grace Spicer will look to continue her run in 2014 as she faces South Africa’s Ferial Ameeroedien at Enfusion Live on June 29 in London, England. Spicer recently won the British 52kg WBC title and is coming off back to back wins. Ameeroedien (1-7-2) is looking to continue a career comeback.
In action this weekend:
WKF 54kg world title will be on the line as Meryem Uslu battles Carol Earl in Australia
Also in Australia. Tainara Lisboa takes on Carleigh Crawford, and Serin Murray battles Bronwyn Wylie in K1 rules bouts.
In a rare fight on Wednesday, Charmaine Tweet has avenged a loss, defeating Anna Barone by rear naked choke in round 1. Barone had KOed Tweet in their first encounter.
Barone weighed in 6 pounds over weight for the match and gave up 20% of her purse.
Tweet improves to 5-4.
Also Wednesday, in boxing, Alicia Ashley defeated Nohime Dennisson by TKO round 6 in Queens, New York
ADCC champion Michelle Nicolini has signed to Legacy MMA.
The BJJ black belt is one of the most accomplished in the lower weight classes and seems to be transitioning to MMA well, going 2-0 with both wins by first round armbars. She is fighting at 115.
Nicolini got her black belt under Robert Drysdale and has been doing seminars all around the world. She will be doing an all female BJJ seminar on June 21 in San Francisco. Details here.
No word on when she will debut for Legacy.
Cortney Casey will be fighting for Pacific Xtreme Combat June 27th in Guam. It is suspected she will be facing promotional star Kailin Curran.
Casey stated she is still with XFC, and they have given her permission to fight on the card. We should have more info next week.
Sofia Bagerdai had a training injury and has had to pull out of her match with Lynn Alvarez at the World Series of Fighting next month. Bagherdai stated the injury would only take a few months to heel but wanted to take some time off to raise her daughter.
Sarah Kaufman was on the MMA Hour and stated she is looking for either a match with Miesha Tate or Cat Zingano. Kaufman theorized Zingano would most likely need a warm-up match before her title match with whomever the champion is after the July fight, and wouldn’t want to wait for or five months for a fight. She also reasoned Tate fight would make sense due to history and “Tate coming off a win”. Both are ranked higher than Kaufman.
On the converse, Kaufman doesn’t want to fight Sara McMann since “she is coming off a loss”.
Kaufman added she “wants to knockout Jessica Eye” but stated a rematch with her wouldn’t be in the cards until Eye gets another win.
India Gomes took to social media to state her intentions on moving to 135 eventually and challenged Holly Holm to a fight.
Gomes (10-2) hasn’t fought since January 2013. After getting her match cancelled at Invicta last fall due to two opponents dropped out due to medical issues, Gomes is getting antsy to fight. he took her frustrations to social media.
We talked to InvictaFC head Shannon Knapp this week and the hope is the final details will be set for an announcement this coming week. She has two mock cards set and looks to come out of the gate running once the deal is announced.
We are expecting Jessica Eye and Sara McMann will have match announcements next week.
Liz McCarthy is making Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas her new training home for the next year. TUF 20 hopeful Helen Harper is also making the move to Syndicate as we hear.
After a very successful all female card, Intense Championship Fighting is looking to do a half male/half female card in Great Falls in August during the Montana State Fair. A rematch between Emily Corso versus Lynnell House is rumored.
Lucy Payne looks to avenge her loss to Tiffany Van Soest Friday night at Lion Fights’ debut at the the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT. The fight will air on AXS TV. Both fighters came in on weight for their 126 pound bout.
Van Soest is looking to come off her first pro loss and get back in the title hunt. She lost the belt to Caley Reese earlier this year.
Since her loss to Van Soest, Payne got a TKO win over Victoria Lomax, winning the Awakening 57 Kg title.
In an undercard bout, New England based fighters Brandy Young and Colleen Downey will do battle.
For the first time since 2011, the Lybarger sisters will be in action on the same card.
At King of the Cage in Scottsdale, AZ, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger will take on Jennifer Liou and Jillian Lybarger will face Danielle Taylor. All four fighters tried out for the Ultimate Fighter 20.
Jocelyn (3-1) is coming off a win over Rosa Acevedo at RFA this past April. Liou (2-0) defeated Jillian this past February and is looking to take out the other sister.
Jillian is looking to recover from her pro debut loss to Liou with a win over Taylor. Jillian went 4-4 as an amateur.
Taylor (1-0) won her pro debut this past March and went 4-1 as an amateur.
An important featherweight bout is on the docket as Maria Hougaard Djursaa and Annalisa Bucci will battle for the EUMMA 145 title in Denmark.
Djursaa is coming off a first round rear naked choke over Alexandra Buch. She has win three straight including a TKO over Jorina Baars.
Bucci (6-3) is coming off a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad two weeks ago. Bucci was on a 5 fight win streak before the loss.
In a pair of pro bouts in Brazil:
At America’s FC 1 in Sao Paulo, Mariana dos Santos takes on Gabriela Lins
Janaisa Morandin faces Ana Luiza de Jesus at Aspera FC 7 in Santa Catarina
In Krasnodar, Russia, two world title are up for grabs
WIBA and WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler will take on Gifty Amanua Ankrah. Undefeated Adler (11-0) won both titles last year by unanimous decision. Ankrah (3-3-1) is coming off back to back KO victories.
The other match will see a battle for the vacant WIBA and UBO super featherweight title as Natalia Smirnova (7-0) will duke it out with Yarkor Chavez Annan (7-6-1).
EBU flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her belt against Galina Koleva Ivanova in Emilia Romagna, Italy.
Galassi (19-3-1) is coming off a loss in a non-EBU title match against WBA champ Susi Kentikian. She had back to back wins before the loss.
Former WBC batnamweight champ Ivanova is looking to snap a two fight losing streak.
In Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the interim WBA super bantamweight title will be decided as former champ Jackie Nava battles Alys Sanchez.
Nava (28-4-3) was on a four fight win streak before taking a two year break from the sport. Sanchez (12-1) is coming off her first loss, a split decision to Carolina Arias.
On other action, a pair of bouts are set for Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Elica Jamile takes on Milla Ferreira, and Andreia Alves dos Santos faces Aline Vanessa.
In Thailand, Nong Em defeated Sylvie von Duuglas Ito by points.
Tiffany van Soest looks to rebound after her first loss by taking on a familiar foe.
Van Soest will rematch Lucy Payne at Lion Fights 15 in the promotion’s east coast debut at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT May 23.
Van Soest won by TKO in their first match, and since then, Van Soest lost her title to Caley Reese by split decision and Payne won by TKO over Victoria Lomax, gaining the Awakening 57 kg title.
The fight will air on AXS May 23rd.
Caley Reese announced her next fight in her native Australia. The Lion Fights and WMC champ will take on World Muay Thai Angels finalist Duannapa at Epic 11 in Mirrabooka June 14th. The fight will take place at 60 kg, 3 kilos heavier than the champ normally fights. Her titles won’t be on the line.
The International Kickboxing Federation has announced several events in the coming months for fighters to compete with all experience levels. This is a great opportunity for novice and amateur fights to gain some experience.
May 3 – Points Kickboxing in Concord, NC
May 17 – Points Kickboxing in Laurinburg, North Carolina
July 11-13 – IKF World Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
August 9 – Points kickboxing in Dillon, South Carolina
August 23 – Points kickboxing in San Diego, California
In Slovakia at Enfusion, Denise Kielholtz battles Lucia Kraijkovic. This will stream for free Enfusionlive.com Saturday.
At Loganholme, No Surrender 6 in Australia, a 4 woman tournament will see Lorryn Williams, Sam Brown, Claire Foreman & Casey Walters battle in a 55 kg title eliminator.
In Japan, the WPMF 118 pound Japan title will be on the line as Odamaki Yōko takes on Sasakichō Sato. Also on the card, Saya Ito faces Park Hye-young.
In Hong Kong at Super Fight Championship Chiu Hoi-Yan (Hong Kong China) takes on Natalia Dyachkova (Russia) and Kwok Hoi-Ning(Hong Kong China) takes on Female Champion of Hong Kong Tiphanie“Gadum” Yau.
In the semi-finals, Namphet (Laos) defeated Kwang (Burma), and Rika (Thai-Japan) defeated Marilyn (Singarpore).
Rika would take the title over Namphet.
In Thailand, Nong Em (Thailand) defeated Camilla Pacheco (Brazil) by points.
Two more bouts are set for thr WCK Muay Thai card May 1st at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA.
Lion Fight and Invicta MMA vet Kaiyana Rain will face Stephanie Frausto in a bout at 105 pounds. Rain lost her pro Muay Thai debut to Miranda Cayabyab by split decision. This will be Frausto’s pro Muay Thai debut.
In a flyweight (115) bout, Day Day Lewis will take on Natalie Morgan.
These join Zoila Frausto versus Jessica Gladstone on the card.
Enfusion K-1 will feature Denise Kielholtz (35-2) defending her 57 kg (125 lbs.) title against Lucia Kraijkovic (16-6) April 26th in Slovakia.
Ukraine’s Lena Ovchinikova loos for another Muay thai world title as she faces Carol Earl of Lebanon at 52.2 kg at WKF’s May 30th event in Punchbowl, Australia.
In K-1 action, Thannia Ougarid (Algeria) battles Aamia el Sayed (Egypt) at 53.2 kg.
May 3rd at Night of the Spartans in Magalas, France, Victoria Lomax will face Cristina Cuevas in a K1 rules bout.
This Weekend’s Fight
France’s Lelo Page will face Australia’s Leonie Macks at the “One vs. One” event in Thailande, France. Macks is coming off a string of cancelled fights and is looking to get a few more wins to get the chance to fight Caley Reese.
Huia Smith def. Mamta Morganan by unanimous points decision (54kg)
In action this past weekend:
Martina Jindrova outpointed Jennifer Osterlin inMuay Thai Prague, Czech Republic
At Bitcoin Fights in England, Pernilla Johansson defeated Annabel Gely by points
At Enfusion, Marieke Post defeated Kristy Ooms by points
In England. Jackie Bogart defeated Meryem Uslu by points
Laura Baugh defeated Sanne Strabbing for the Euro 53kg B class title by points in England.
Also in England, Sofia Christolodou defeated Magda Wiznaski by TKO. Wiznaski got a knee injury.
Tanya Merret (Wales) defeated Maritzarda Hersisia by TKO round 3 in England.
Zoila Fruasto will be looking for her second Muay Thai win as she takes on Canada’s Jessica Gladstone May 1 at WCK Muay Thai at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, CA.
Frausto made her Muay Thai debut earlier this year getting a second round TKO over Linda Aguilar. Gladstone is 4-4 in pro Muay Thai and is the former LBTM Professional North American Muay Thai Champion.
Also expected on the card is Stephanie Frausto, Natalie Morgan, and Kaiyana Rain.
The card will most likely air locally.
XFE and Kings Boxing will hole an all female Muay Thai card in Bethleme, PA this weekend.
In the main event, Mandana Reafat will battle Robyn Klenk and the co-main will feature Audree Charbonneau taking on Brandice Peltier.
The event will raise funds for those effected by domestic abuse.
The semi-finals are set for the World Muay Thai Angels in Koh Samui, Thailand. The filming was off for a few months due to finding some backers to complete the tournament.
Duanapha, Sindy Huyer, Chommanee, and Teresa Wintermyr will duke it, with the winners of the semi-finals fighting again the same night to be crowned the WMTA champion.
The bouts will air on local Thailand tv, but will be posted online the week after the fights.
In other action:
In France, Anissa Meksen faces Alicia Mermoux in K1
Felix Ameeroedien faces Katia Pedrosa in Ireland
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, Marloes Merza will tak on WPMF world champion Maesa Tor. Buamas for the Northern Thailand Belt .
Wombat Sports is continuing its efforts to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
If you have a fighter under 18 you want to be featured comment below.
14 year old Monique Sciberras has already done what many female fighters twice her age can only dream about, train and compete in Thailand.
The Australian teenager holds junior world titles and has fought on the annual Kings Cup Muay Thai card in 2009 at the age of nine.
The remarkable thing is that Sciberras has done all this not just for fun and the challenge, but to help her autism.
Austism is a Neurodevelopmental disorder that effects how the brain works, and hinders social development. Studies have shown sports help treat autism. In martial arts in particular, the elements of predictability, structure, and the challenges of physical interaction with other people help social skills and adapting to situations.
We got a chance to talk to Sciberras about her experiences in Muay Thai and her goals as she grows as a fighter.
Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?
Monique Sciberras: My parents put me into combat sports because of my Autism. They could not afford for me to play tennis, so my father trained me in the art of Muay Thai since I can remember. Doctors told them I had no future, and would never go to a normal school, hold a normal job, or even speak properly. My parents couldn’t accept this.
Wombat: How has it helped with your autism?
Sciberras: It has done everything for me. In 2009, I fought on the Kings Cup in Bangkok and a week later, I had a prize fight; five 3 minute rounds. I won in the second round by TKO. I have fought every year since in Thailand basically have a lot more confidence in life.
W.S.: What do you enjoy about it?
M.S.: I love meeting all the people that if I hadn’t trained in Muay Thai I would not have met like. I love training with Jeff Fenech on my hands movement.
W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?
M.S.: My friends love to watch the fights and my classmate is my mum because she is my teacher. I do home schooling and most of my friends are from church. Everyone has been supportive.
W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?
M.S.: When I enter the ring its my sand pit. I feel at home
W.S.: What have you found difficult?
M.S.: The hard part is making the weight. My opponents have the same skill level, so there is no easy fight. It’s a case of who wants it more. Prize fights are more serious, and I’d say people that do the sport in Thailand need to win.
W.S.: What was it like to fight in Thailand?
M.S.: I have had many fights in Thailand and you find out who you fight that day. It’s not a case of who you want to fight, and sometimes, they are much larger. When you have traveled so far, how can you say no?
W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?
M.S.: Cris Cyborg. I hope to take the path of Gina Carano.
W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in fighting sports?
M.S.: I think everyone is sick of seeing men fight and the future will be with females. It’s going to be big and I plan on being there.
W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?
M.S.: I would love to fight on Master Toddys Show in Muaythai, have a boxing title fight, and make my fight home in Las Vegas.
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?
M.S.: I’d like to thank Jeff Fenech for giving me his time, Master Toddy for always giving me a warm welcome, and you for giving me a chance to share my story
In what was a brutal battle on both ends, Jorina Baars was back in form and was able to stand toe to toe with the “Baddest Woman on the Planet” Cyborg Justino to gain the first ever Lion Fight 145 Muay Thai title.
Baars (33-0-3) was the aggressor early, getting a kick to the face in the first 20 seconds. Cyborg tried to swarm in, but got knocked down for the first time in her career a minute later due to a head kick. Cyborg recovered and finished the round. 10-8 Baars.
Rounds 2 saw Cyborg the aggressor, but Baars used her length and technique to keep Cyborg at bay; scoring with knees and elbows. 10-9 Baars.
Rounds 3 and 4 saw Cyborg work her boxing and was able to get a few dumps on Baars to take both rounds going to the fifth and final.
Baars would drop Cyborg again, this time with a body kick, at 1:13 in the final round, but Cyborg was quick back to her feet. Cyborg nearly pushed Baars over the ropes shortly after, but Cyborg soon slowed down, getting a few more dumps before the final bell rang.
The judges saw it 49-45, 48-45, and 49-44 all for Jorina Baars, who becomes the inaugural Lion Fights champ.
In a most fight interview with MMAFighting.com both stated they would be open to a rematch.